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Multilingualism and Education: Interdisciplinary and International Perspectives

This conference will bring together researchers and education practitioners who are interested in multilingualism and education in Norway and beyond.

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Plenary presentations

Plenary presentation PDFs can be found here:

Nancy Hornberger (University of Pennsylvania, USA): Researching and teaching (with) the continua of biliteracy

Hilde Sollid (UiT – The Arctic University of Norway): Multilingualism, citizenship and education – Norwegian perspectives


You can see the program here.

You can read all the abstracts here.

Please have the program and abstracts on your own phone, pc, or tablet, or print them. We will unfortunately not be able to provide you with physical copies.


All photos by Haley De Korne.

Multilingualism and Education

About the symposium

We will explore the intersection of multilingualism and education from a broad and inclusive perspective, across a variety of disciplines and contexts. Through presentations, discussion panels, and posters, participants will have the opportunity to share insights and strategies, considering:

  • What is the importance of multilingualism across different disciplines and school subjects? What roles does multilingualism play in second and foreign language teaching and learning?

  • Which policies and practices are supporting quality multilingual education in different contexts?

  • What are the challenges experienced by schools and educators who serve multilingual students? What strategies can help to address these challenges?

  • How do multilingual education strategies impact students from marginalized communities?

  • What insights do the perspectives, concepts and terminologies of different disciplines offer in addressing these concerns?

There will be an emphasis on multilingualism and education in Scandinavia, with select contributions from scholars representing international perspectives.

Plenary presentations will be given by Prof. Nancy H. Hornberger (University of Pennsylvania, USA) and Prof. Hilde Sollid (UiT – The Arctic University of Norway).

Symposium attendance

The symposium is organized by the Center for Multilingualism in Society across the Lifespan and the research group SISCO at the Department of Teacher Education and School Research. It will be held in Helga Engs Hus on the Blindern campus of the University of Oslo.

REGISTRATION is now CLOSED. Attendance is free, but advance registration is required to facilitate organization. Teachers, students and other practitioners from all levels of education are encouraged to attend. It is possible to register for one or both days: the first day is oriented towards practitioners, teachers and researchers and the second day is particularly oriented (but not limited) to researchers. 

All student scholarships have been allocated. 


Plenary presentations will be live-streamed (check back here for access link).

Book fair

There will be several publishers in attendance to present relevant publications: Akademika, Cappelen Damm, and Fagbokforlaget.  

There will be a special book launch of Enacting Multilingualism: From research to teaching practice in the English classroom (Krulatz, Dahl, Flognfeldt, 2018) during the conference. 

Information for presenters

All papers will be 20 minutes, followed by 8 minutes for discussion (with the exception of symposia).

Presentation rooms have fixed PC computers, projector, and speakers. Please bring your presentation on a USB stick and download it on the fixed PC computer in the room in which you are scheduled to present, prior to the presentation. 

PhD course

A course for PhD students worth 2 ECTS will be held on the 9th of May in conjunction with the symposium. Find further information here.

Registration for PhD course is now closed. 



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Haley De Korne, Joke Dewilde, Ingrid Rodrick Beiler, Judith Purkarthofer, SISCO and MultiLing
Published June 14, 2017 12:29 PM - Last modified Mar. 17, 2020 8:39 AM